7 yr. old has to get an MRI for dizzines

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Registered: 01-02-2009
7 yr. old has to get an MRI for dizzines
Thu, 01-22-2009 - 9:57am

Hello all -

I have a 7 yr. old boy who has been complaining of dizziness - personally, I think he's fibbing to get out of going to school, eating his broccoli, etc... but - I need to exhaust all resources.

We've been to our pediatrician, he's had his blood tested, and most recently been to the ENT who recommended the MRI.

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Registered: 04-27-2000
Fri, 01-23-2009 - 6:12pm

Hi, Judy

While I can't give you any help with the dizziness part, I have had one of my children go through a couple of MRIs now. What helped us the most, as we turned down sedation, was the radio headphones they put on her. She was able to pick a station, or provide a CD, and they gave her some time inside the 'tunnel' to prep, with the headphones on, getting used to the noises and the feeling. I was allowed inside with her, having to remove every little bit of metal, and I was able to hold onto her leg and pat it as a reminder to lay still. She couldn't hear me, so I couldn't talk with her, but I'd told her ahead of time that a pat on the leg meant 'hold still.' The headphones can also be interrupted by the MRI technicians to say 'lay still,' or 'five minutes left' or anything else. That was tremendously helpful -- I wish they'd had that for me when I had an MRI years ago for a persistent migraine! Just the comfort of knowing someone could hear me and let me know how long I had left in there was a huge source of relief.

Good luck to you, I hope it goes well!


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Registered: 04-02-2008
Sat, 01-24-2009 - 5:37pm


I haven't gone through this with any of my boys.